Socratic Logic: A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles

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"This is the only complete system of classical Aristotelian logic in print in English. The "old logic" is still the natural logic of the four language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Symbolic, or "mathematical," logic may be superior to classical "ordinary-language" Aristotelian logic for the sciences, but not for the humanities, and is more sophisticated theoretically but not more useful practically. (How often have you heard a non-philosopher argue in symbolic logic?)" "This book is simple and user-friendly. It is highly
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"This is the only complete system of classical Aristotelian logic in print in English. The "old logic" is still the natural logic of the four language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Symbolic, or "mathematical," logic may be superior to classical "ordinary-language" Aristotelian logic for the sciences, but not for the humanities, and is more sophisticated theoretically but not more useful practically. (How often have you heard a non-philosopher argue in symbolic logic?)" "This book is simple and user-friendly. It is highly interactive, with a plethora of exercises and a light, engaging style." "It is practical. It is designed for do-it-yourselfers as well as classrooms. It emphasizes topics in proportion to probable student use: e.g., interpreting ordinary language, not only analyzing but also constructing effective arguments, smoking out hidden assumptions, making "argument maps," and using Socratic method in various circumstances. It is divided into eighty-nine mini-chapters for maximum mix-and-match flexibility, and contains answers to all even-numbered exercises." It is also philosophical. Its exercises expose students to many classical quotations, and additional chapters introduce philosophical issues in a Socratic manner and from a common-sense, realistic point of view. It prepares students for reading Great Books rather than Dick and Jane, and models Socrates as the beginner's ideal teacher and philosopher.

A complete system of classical Aristotelian logic intended for honors high school and college.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781890318895
  • Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
I The First Act of the Mind: Understanding 35
II Terms 47
III Material Fallacies 68
IV Definition 123
V Second Act of the Mind: Judgment 138
VI Changing Propositions 166
VII Contradiction 173
VIII The Third Act of the Mind: Reasoning 186
IX Different Kinds of Arguments 200
X Syllogisms 215
XI Checking Syllogisms for Validity 237
XII More Difficult Syllogisms 264
XIII Compound Syllogisms 289
XIV Induction 313
XV Some Practical Applications of Logic 342
XVI Some Philosophical Applications of Logic 358
App Some Problems with Modern Logic 364
Answers to Even-Numbered Exercises 370
Index of Principal Names 398
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